In Spirit and In Truth

In Spirit and In Truth

In Spirit and In Truth

Today I came across someone who had an incredible talent of singing, a gift really. This person is very young, and I honestly was taken back at just HOW good they are! In the back of my mind I’m thinking, “Wow, she could really go far…. like, she could probably be American Idol material!” And then my thoughts led me down a different road.  I would not want to encourage fame or the liking to her. What if she became prideful and lost that pure innocence she has now? I wouldn’t want her to loose sight of who gave her this gift.

Most of us have heard the saying “Pride comes before the fall”. Did you know that’s actually in the Bible?! God new that, that’s why Proverbs 16:18 says: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. When we worship God through music, whether it be with our voices or with an instrument, God may have given you a gift, but essentially it’s not your’s. It’s still his… he made you, and you belong to him! And he wants you to be a good steward of that gift for HIS glory, not your own. It’s hard to be prideful about something that is not yours… and in the same way, it’s hard to be insecure about something that is not yours. I think this is what God meant in John 4:23 by Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. He want’s us to come to him with purity, and innocence, leaving the gift aside. The gift is not the most important thing, it’s the gift giver!

As worshippers and worship leaders my challenge is this: Let us be good stewards of the gifts God has given us. He want’s us to better our skill, and be good at what we do, but also, he wants us to seek HIS face and seek to glorify HIM with it… making HIM famous!

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1 Comment

  1. Thad Huff 5 years ago

    Jamie, I think it’s so amazing that you have the heart that is demonstrated in this blog, but yet you still see the potential of a humble follower of Jesus impacting the music culture of the community as a whole.

    While I don’t want to push people into places where their pride will be pushed beyond their limits, I would love to see more humble vocalists singing for the glory of God to be thrust into the limelight, while all the time pushing the glory to God. I certainly don’t want to push our musicians to feel they have to be using their gifts only in the subculture of society in churches, but pushing their vocal and writing gifts out into the center of culture to make the greatest impact on the industry for Jesus that is possible.

    I think the weight comes back onto the church and our leadership, as well as the building of relationships that can hold accountable and encourage the faith of the artist. It might not look like a Sunday to Sunday model, but more like one on one relationship. Like going to concerts, like praying before and giving glory after. Even if the songs don’t have Jesus in the lyrics they can still shed light on the gift that is from God and impacting the world we live in.

    Thanks for stirring this passion in all of us Jamie, you are a gift to OpenLife.church!

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